Ice Fishing Opens

January 1 to February 28
Ice Fishing Ice fishing is permitted on all refuge pools from January 1st to February 28.  Access to pools is limited to foot traffic only. Ice shanties may not be left overnight.

Fishing Regulations

Learn more about fishing on the refuge.
Remember, the refuge is open daylight hours only.
  • Use of lead tackle is prohibited on the refuge. Lead is a toxic metal which has adverse effects on the nervous and reproductive systems of wildlife.
  • No size limit on northern pike. Live bait or artificial lures may be used.
  • Wildlife have the right-of-way. Separating young animals from their parents is often fatal. This is especially true for waterfowl.
  • Dispose of fishing line properly. Line left lying on the ground or in the water often entangles fish and wildlife, causing serious injury or death. Several refuge fishing sites offer recycling bins for your used fishing line.

Species found in the refuge pools include northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead, and bluegill.

Species in the rivers and streams include northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, brook trout, and brown trout.